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Following its sold-out Holiday Concert, the Hudson Community Choruses return with their Spring Concert, "Let the River Run," May 7 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 47 Aurora St., Hudson. This intergenerational presentation features the Adult, Youth and Children's Choruses in choral works that sing the praises of earth, sky and water.
The Hudson Community Chorus travels the globe with choral pieces from Brazil to Norway including "Tres Cantos Nativos dos Indos Krao," arranged by Marcos Leite and Tundra by Ola Gjeilo. "Tres Cantos Nativos" is a series of three short percussive sections or catos, based on melodies by the Krao tribe, a group of Brazilian Indians who live in the Amazon rain forest. The women of the chorus will be featured in Tundra, a piece inspired by the composer's home in the barren but beautiful Hardangervidda plateau near Oslo. Frank Ticheli's tender "Earth Song" underscores both the dark and light of the earth. Completing this section will be three works sung by the Hudson Community Youth Chorus, "The World is Full of Poetry" from Earthsongs, by David Brunner, Paul Jarman's "Ancient City" and "Jambo" by Teddy Harrison.
The Hudson Community Children's Chorus reaches for the Sky with "Wind on the Hill," with lyrics from an A.A. Milne poem and music by Victoria Ebel-Sabo, and "Path to the Moon" by Eric H. Thiman. The HCC Chamber Chorus is featured on Erik Esenvalds rendition of "O Salutaris Hostia." Translated "O Saving Victim," it is based on an early prayer written by St. Thomas Aquinas. The full chorus returns with Lars Jansson's stirring "To the Mothers In Brazil: Salve Regina" and a Christian camp meeting song, "No Time," arranged by Susan Brumfield. The women of the chorus will be featured in a traditional Appalachian tune, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" arranged by J. David Moore.
After a brief intermission, the Children's Chorus returns with a series of pieces inspired by water in its many forms. Included in this section are "Ferry Me Across the Water," by Australian composer Lynn Williams and "The Rivers Are Running Again" by Amy F. Bernon. HCC's Youth Chorus takes the stage with three songs, "Sea of Berries" from the song cycle "Turn On The Open Sea" by Jarman and Clear Water written by Robert I. Hugh. Student singers, Devin Oates and Sidney Preston will be featured soloists in Kirby Shaw's arrangement of Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
The Men's Chorus is featured in "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder," an American folk song from John Lomax's "American Ballads and Folk Songs," arranged and adapted by Robert De Cormier before the full chorus returns for Eric Whitacre's "Water Night." This selection written in this contemporary composer's tonal style is based on a poem by Octavio Paz, a Nobel Prize winning Mexican poet.
Shenandoah, a traditional American composition arranged by James Erb, weaves a haunting melody of longing. All three choruses will join together in the finale to sing Carly Simon's "Let the River Run," arranged by Craig Hella Johnson.
A reception and an opportunity to meet the performers will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
In its 29th year, HCC's adult chorus attracts singers from more than a dozen Northeast Ohio communities. Nathaniel Duvuvuei continues in his seventh season as Artistic Director. The Youth and Children's Choruses include youth from Hudson and several other districts as well as home schooled students. Both groups are under the direction of Eve Sliwinski. Shauna Knight is the accompanist. Musicians Pat and Nikki Custy will add special accompaniment on the jembe, Irish whistle and flute.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and are available online at www.hudsoncommunitychorus.org or at the door.
Editor's Note: When this story ran on April 30, the date for the event was listed as May 1. This was incorrect. The press release submitted had the incorrect information.